David Ward faces no action over controversial 'rocket' tweet

David Ward MP talking to Lawrence and Barbara Brocklesby at the Carlisle Business Centre after giving a talk on Social Care Support. ts rep dc (9273510)

David Ward MP talking to Lawrence and Barbara Brocklesby at the Carlisle Business Centre after giving a talk on Social Care Support. ts rep dc (9273510)

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

BRADFORD East MP David Ward will face no disciplinary action from the Liberal Democrats party over his controversial tweet about firing rockets from Gaza.

Lib Dem chief whip Don Foster said he did not believe the comments were "in any way anti-Semitic" or brought the party into disrepute.

But he acknowledged his decision "will not satisfy some people".

Mr Ward (pictured) was accused of inciting violence with a tweet last month stating: "The big question is - if I lived in Gaza would I fire a rocket? - probably yes."

Mr Ward accepted his message offended some people and has said he would make sure future comments were "difficult to misinterpret".

Mr Foster said: "David has subsequently repeated his apology and placed it and his explanation on his website.

"In light of that apology, the assurance by David Ward that he would do all he could to ensure comments he made would be in a form that would be difficult to misinterpret, and that he will continue - in relation to the Israeli/Palestinian situation - to condemn violence on both sides and support moves for a cease fire, I do not intend to take further action in relation to the tweet."

Mr Ward told the Telegraph & Argus: "I was quite clear in my mind that what I said didn't bring the party into disrepute. I am pleased the chief whip has reached the same conclusion."

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